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John Shrapnel


John Shrapnel was born in Birmingham, the son of Norman and Myfanwy Shrapnel. He was brought up in Stockport and south London, attending City of London School and Cambridge University. He was an original member of the National Youth Theatre and has worked extensively in theatre, particularly the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre. He ... See full bio »

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Known For

Gladiator
Gladiator Gaius
(2000)
Troy
Troy Nestor
(2004)
Notting Hill
Notting Hill PR Chief
(1999)
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
(2007)

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 2017 King Charles III (TV Movie)
Archbishop of Canterbury
 2012 Merlin (TV Series)
The Sarrum
- The Hollow Queen (2012) ... The Sarrum
 2011 Waking the Dead (TV Series)
John Christie
- Solidarity: Part 2 (2011) ... John Christie
- Solidarity: Part 1 (2011) ... John Christie
 2010 New Tricks (TV Series)
DAC John Felsham
- The Fourth Man (2010) ... DAC John Felsham
 2008 Apparitions (TV Mini-Series)
Cardinal Bukovak
- Episode #1.6 (2008) ... Cardinal Bukovak
- Episode #1.5 (2008) ... Cardinal Bukovak
- Episode #1.3 (2008) ... Cardinal Bukovak
- Episode #1.2 (2008) ... Cardinal Bukovak
- Episode #1.1 (2008) ... Cardinal Bukovak
 2008 Krakatoa (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 2008 The Palace (TV Series)
PM Edward Shaw
- Episode #1.4 (2008) ... PM Edward Shaw
- Episode #1.3 (2008) ... PM Edward Shaw
- Episode #1.2 (2008) ... PM Edward Shaw
- Episode #1.1 (2008) ... PM Edward Shaw
 2007 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (TV Series)
Sergeant Mike McCaffrey
- Limbo (2007) ... Sergeant Mike McCaffrey
 2007 The Last Detective (TV Series)
Billy Palmer
- Once Upon a Time on the Westway (2007) ... Billy Palmer
 2006 Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire (TV Mini-Series)
Pompey
- Caesar (2006) ... Pompey
 1998-2006 Midsomer Murders (TV Series)
Leo Clarke / Max Jennings
- Death in Chorus (2006) ... Leo Clarke
- Written in Blood (1998) ... Max Jennings
 2004 I Am Not an Animal (TV Series)
Narrator
- Home (2004) ... Narrator (voice)
- A Star Is Hatched (2004) ... Narrator (voice)
- My Fair Mare (2004) ... Narrator (voice)
- Money (2004) ... Narrator (voice)
- Planet of the Men and Women (2004) ... Narrator (voice)
 2004 Seven Wonders of Ancient Rome (TV Movie)
Narrator
 2003 Spine Chillers (TV Series)
Nick
- Fairy Godfather (2003) ... Nick
 2003 Stonehenge Rediscovered (TV Movie)
Narrator
 2002 Foyle's War (TV Series)
Raymond Brooks
- A Lesson in Murder (2002) ... Raymond Brooks
 2001 The Gentleman Thief (TV Movie)
Monty Sinclair
 2000 Calling the Wild (TV Short)
Roger
 2000 The 10th Kingdom (TV Mini-Series)
Governor of Prison
- Episode #1.10 (2000) ... Governor of Prison
- Episode #1.3 (2000) ... Governor of Prison
- Episode #1.2 (2000) ... Governor of Prison
 1999 Jonathan Creek (TV Series)
Prof. Lance Graumann
- The Omega Man (1999) ... Prof. Lance Graumann
 1999 Mary, Mother of Jesus (TV Movie)
Simon
 1999 Horatio Hornblower: The Wrong War (TV Movie)
General Charette
 1998 Invasion: Earth (TV Mini-Series)
Air Marshal Bentley
- The Battle More Costly (1998) ... Air Marshal Bentley
- The Fall of Man (1998) ... Air Marshal Bentley
 1997 Creatures Fantastic (TV Series)
Storyteller (voice)
 1997 Inspector Morse (TV Series)
Dr. Julian Storrs
- Death Is Now My Neighbour (1997) ... Dr. Julian Storrs
 1996-1997 Bodyguards (TV Series)
Commander Alan MacIntyre
- The Killing Ground (1997) ... Commander Alan MacIntyre
- Stand Off (1997) ... Commander Alan MacIntyre
- Target (1997) ... Commander Alan MacIntyre
- Know Thine Enemy (1997) ... Commander Alan MacIntyre
- Out of the Mouths of Babes (1997) ... Commander Alan MacIntyre
 1997 True Tilda (TV Series)
Reverend Glasson
 1996 Wycliffe (TV Series)
Dr. Sam Malvern
- Crazy for You (1996) ... Dr. Sam Malvern
 1995 Coogan's Run (TV Series)
Douglas Crown
- Dearth of a Salesman (1995) ... Douglas Crown
 1995 Biography (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- King Arthur: His Life and Legends (1995) ... Narrator
 1985-1995 Screen Two (TV Series)
Heiger / Rev. Charles Tucker Eland / George Sims
- Black Easter (1995) ... Heiger
- The Burston Rebellion (1985) ... Rev. Charles Tucker Eland
- Poppyland (1985) ... George Sims
 1995 Kavanagh QC (TV Series)
Mr. Justice Griffin
- A Family Affair (1995) ... Mr. Justice Griffin
 1994 Fatherland (TV Movie)
General Globus
 1994 The Chief (TV Series)
Dan Cheyney
- Episode #4.5 (1994) ... Dan Cheyney
 1993 Crime Story (TV Series)
Roy Hall
- The Ladies Man: Archibald Hall (1993) ... Roy Hall
 1992 Shakespeare: The Animated Tales (TV Mini-Series)
Claudius / The Ghost
- Hamlet (1992) ... Claudius / The Ghost (voice)
 1992 Between the Lines (TV Series)
D.C.C. Dunning / D.A.C. Dunning
- The Chill Factor (1992) ... D.C.C. Dunning
- Nobody's Fireproof (1992) ... D.C.C. Dunning
- Nothing to Declare (1992) ... D.C.C. Dunning
- Lest Ye Be Judged (1992) ... D.A.C. Dunning
- A Watch & Chain of Course (1992) ... D.A.C. Dunning
 1992 Downtown Lagos (TV Mini-Series)
Cooper
- Episode #1.3 (1992) ... Cooper
- Episode #1.2 (1992) ... Cooper
- Episode #1.1 (1992) ... Cooper
 1992 The Good Guys (TV Series)
Jerry Rushbridge
- Easier for a Camel (1992) ... Jerry Rushbridge
 1992 'R': Rembrandt (TV Short)
 1991 Selling Hitler (TV Mini-Series)
Gerd Schulte-Hillen
- Episode #1.5 (1991) ... Gerd Schulte-Hillen
- Episode #1.4 (1991) ... Gerd Schulte-Hillen
- Episode #1.3 (1991) ... Gerd Schulte-Hillen
- Episode #1.2 (1991) ... Gerd Schulte-Hillen
 1991 G.B.H. (TV Mini-Series)
Dr Jacobs
- Send a Message to Michael (1991) ... Dr Jacobs
- Only Here on a Message (1991) ... Dr Jacobs
- It Couldn't Happen Here (1991) ... Dr Jacobs
 1991 For the Greater Good (TV Series)
Norman May-Boys MP
- Minister (1991) ... Norman May-Boys MP
- Mandarin (1991) ... Norman May-Boys MP
 1991 Young Catherine (TV Movie)
Archimandrite Todorsky
 1990 The Tragedy of Flight 103: The Inside Story (TV Movie documentary)
BKA Police Chief
 1990 Centrepoint (TV Mini-Series)
Claud Wareing
- Episode #1.4 (1990) ... Claud Wareing
- Episode #1.3 (1990) ... Claud Wareing
- Episode #1.2 (1990) ... Claud Wareing
- Episode #1.1 (1990) ... Claud Wareing
 1990 TECX (TV Series)
Di Sotto
- Previous Convictions (1990) ... Di Sotto
 1989 Blackeyes (TV Mini-Series)
Detective Blake
- Episode #1.3 (1989) ... Detective Blake
- Episode #1.2 (1989) ... Detective Blake
- Episode #1.1 (1989) ... Detective Blake
 1989 About Face (TV Series)
Donald
- Mrs Worthington's Daughter (1989) ... Donald
 1988 Ten Great Writers of the Modern World (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Thomas Mann
- Thomas Mann's 'The Magic Mountain' (1988) ... Thomas Mann
 1987 Vanity Fair (TV Series)
Lord Steyne
- Our Friend the Major (1987) ... Lord Steyne
- A Vulgar Incident (1987) ... Lord Steyne
- The Very Best of Company (1987) ... Lord Steyne
- Struggles and Trials (1987) ... Lord Steyne
- How to Live Well on Nothing a Year (1987) ... Lord Steyne
 1986 The Deliberate Death of a Polish Priest (TV Movie)
Prosector
 1986 The Theban Plays by Sophocles (TV Series)
Creon
- Theban Plays: Antigone (1986) ... Creon
- Theban Plays: Oedipus the King (1986) ... Creon
 1985 Mr. Palfrey of Westminster (TV Series)
Adrian Vyner
- Music of a Dead Prophet (1985) ... Adrian Vyner
 1985 The Children's Rebellion (TV Movie)
Reverend
 1984 Sorrell and Son (TV Mini-Series)
Thomas Roland
- Episode #1.6 (1984) ... Thomas Roland
- Episode #1.5 (1984) ... Thomas Roland
- Episode #1.4 (1984) ... Thomas Roland
- Episode #1.3 (1984) ... Thomas Roland
- Episode #1.2 (1984) ... Thomas Roland
 1984 Horizon (TV Series documentary)
Cyril Burt
- The Intelligence Man (1984) ... Cyril Burt
 1983 Wagner (TV Series)
Semper
- Episode #1.2 (1983) ... Semper
- Episode #1.1 (1983) ... Semper
- Episode #1.6 ... Semper
 1983 My Cousin Rachel (TV Mini-Series)
Ambrose Ashley
- Episode #1.4 (1983) ... Ambrose Ashley
- Episode #1.3 (1983) ... Ambrose Ashley
- Episode #1.2 (1983) ... Ambrose Ashley
- Episode #1.1 (1983) ... Ambrose Ashley
 1982 Timewatch (TV Series documentary)
Narrator (2003)
 1975-1982 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)
Viktor Myshlaevsky / Duke of Cornwall
- The White Guard (1982) ... Viktor Myshlaevsky
- King Lear (1975) ... Duke of Cornwall
 1982 King Lear (TV Movie)
Earl of Kent
 1982 The Woman in White (TV Mini-Series)
Sir Percival Glyde
- Episode #1.5 (1982) ... Sir Percival Glyde
- Episode #1.4 (1982) ... Sir Percival Glyde
- Episode #1.3 (1982) ... Sir Percival Glyde
- Episode #1.2 (1982) ... Sir Percival Glyde
- Episode #1.1 (1982) ... Sir Percival Glyde
 1981 Troilus & Cressida (TV Movie)
Hector
 1981 Private Schulz (TV Series)
German Newsreel Commentator / Newsreel Commentator
- Episode #1.4 (1981) ... German Newsreel Commentator (voice, uncredited)
- Episode #1.3 (1981) ... German Newsreel Commentator (voice, uncredited)
- Episode #1.2 (1981) ... Newsreel Commentator (voice, uncredited)
 1981 People from the Forest (TV Movie)
Andrei Sakharov
 1981 Timon of Athens (TV Movie)
Alcibiades
 1980 Armchair Thriller (TV Series)
Vincent Craig
- The Victim: Part 1 (1980) ... Vincent Craig
 1979 Screenplay (TV Series)
Major Bradley / Matthias Erzberger
- The Sound of Guns (1979) ... Major Bradley
- Gossip from the Forest (1979) ... Matthias Erzberger
 1978 Edward & Mrs. Simpson (TV Mini-Series)
Major Alexander Hardinge
- The Abdication (1978) ... Major Alexander Hardinge
- Proposals (1978) ... Major Alexander Hardinge
- The Decision (1978) ... Major Alexander Hardinge
- The Divorce (1978) ... Major Alexander Hardinge
- The New King (1978) ... Major Alexander Hardinge
 1974-1978 Crown Court (TV Series)
John Claudius
- Scalped: Part 1 (1978)
- South Tower: Part 1 (1974) ... John Claudius
 1977-1978 BBC2 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Robert / McKendrick
- Flayed (1978) ... Robert
- Professional Foul (1977) ... McKendrick
 1976 Plays for Britain (TV Series)
Leonard Brazil
- Hitting Town (1976) ... Leonard Brazil (voice)
 1976 Z Cars (TV Series)
George Stonehouse
- Scot Free (1976) ... George Stonehouse
 1975 Space: 1999 (TV Series)
Capt. Jack Tanner
- Death's Other Dominion (1975) ... Capt. Jack Tanner
 1975 You're on Your Own (TV Series)
Oscar Patterson
- No One Wants Any Trouble (1975) ... Oscar Patterson
 1974 Good Girl (TV Series)
Christopher Wimple
- If You Can Dream (1974) ... Christopher Wimple
- Does the Road Wind Uphill? (1974) ... Christopher Wimple
- Be Good, Sweet Maid (1974) ... Christopher Wimple
- How Doth the Little Busy Bee? (1974) ... Christopher Wimple
 1974 Justice (TV Series)
Roger Anderson
- The Price of Innocence (1974) ... Roger Anderson
 1972 The Organization (TV Series)
John Wimbourne
- Eve and Rodney Spurling (1972) ... John Wimbourne
 1971 Elizabeth R (TV Mini-Series)
Earl of Sussex
- Shadow in the Sun (1971) ... Earl of Sussex
- The Marriage Game (1971) ... Earl of Sussex
- The Lion's Cub (1971) ... Earl of Sussex
 1970 Omnibus (TV Series documentary)
Zborowski
- A Requiem for Modigliani (1970) ... Zborowski
 1969 ITV Saturday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Wally Zuckerman
- It's Called the Sugar Plum (1969) ... Wally Zuckerman
 1967-1969 ITV Playhouse (TV Series)
Jamie / Schoner
- The Ha Ha (1969) ... Jamie
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He acted in John Barton's play, "The Greeks", in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Aldwych Theatre in London, England with Janet Suzman, Billie Whitelaw and Mike Gwilym in the cast. John Barton was the director. See more »
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Trivia:

One of his ancestors was General Henry Shrapnel (1761-1842) who invented an exploding cannonball, thus giving his name to the shards of metal produced by an exploding shell. See more »

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